Exploring Britain’s Ocean City by Boat
One of the best ways to see the city is on the water with Plymouth Boat Trips. In you’re lucky enough to be local then an annual outing would reveal new facts and stunning sights, and for those of you on holiday it is the perfect way to enjoy being on the water and learning a little about our rich history and heritage.
Our Director of Marketing and her family enjoyed a cruise with Sid as their host. During the trip, Sid shared facts about the breakwater and Drakes Island, providing them with lots of interesting information about the wonderful city we call home. For example, did you know that the breakwater was completed in 1841, is 40ft wide at the top and 200ft at the bottom and one mile in length? Plymouth Sound is also widely considered as one of the finest and most impressive natural harbours. Royal William Yard was completed in 1836 and provided everything that the Navy needed whilst at sea, now home to trendy bars and restaurants the Grade 1 military buildings stand proud and look stunning as the sun sets, we learnt about the underground tunnels at Mount Wise, some fascinating facts about the Torpoint Ferry and saw some powerful warships including HMS Argyle, HMS Scott and HMS Montrose. The dockyard has four miles of waterfront and there is something interesting at every turn. You see where Sir Francis Chichester set sail and of course there’s the 1891 wedding cake of Queen Victorian standing proud on the Hoe. Tinside came in 1936 and the Barbican loch gates were added for protection in 1993. On returning you learn more about the Mayflower Steps – a significant story which will be commemorated in 2020. We were blown away with all of the information, much of which we didn’t know!
Plymouth Boat Trips offer many one hour harbour cruises or perhaps you’d enjoy a day to go further afield with a trip to Cotehele or Calstock. It is a fantastic way to see the Devon and Cornwall coast and the hotel is the perfect base from which to explore!
We encourage locals and visitors to get out on the water and enjoy the beautiful scenery on our doorstep.